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Gypsies after meeting with Pope Francis: “He's done a lot for us”

2015-10-27

Their smiles said everything. They'd just been with Pope Francis for a historic moment: an exclusive audience at the Vatican.

That was before and this is after. They came from various European countries, the Americas, and Asia. The group was commemorating the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's visit to a nomad camp in the Italian city of Pomezia.

There were more than 5,000 in the hall, representing all different ages and places. Families came to the Vatican with their dreams and great devotion.

"It was very intimate.”

"The truth is that it has been an experience that we will never forget. He has done a lot for us.”

"It was lovely. It was very peaceful. It was lovely. A nice experience.”

"The message of Jesus is for the most humble, for those most in need. And the Gypsy people have been a very marginalized people, victims of many negative stereotypes.”

They were deeply affected by the Pope's words. They consider him a mediator between people.

"The meeting was spectacular. This ethnic group, which is so large and in so many countries, needed it. We are also children of God and believe that the Pope is going to do good work through Christ for the Gypsies and other people.”

"He is a blessed person because he thinks of others with all his being. And he also thought of us.”

"We've seen a very good man of God who treats everyone equal and he has no problem with where we come from or our background. Everyone is the same on the eyes of God.”

"I am satisfied and proud of our Pope.”

It is not the first time this group has visited the Pope at the Vatican. In June 2011, more than 2,000 came to see Pope Benedict XVI. It was another meeting that showed the special connection between the Popes and the Gypsy people.


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